Baby (and Adult) Wipes Bedevil OC Sewers

Categories: Environment

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Add another thing to the list of causes of sewage spills in Orange County, right alongside cracks in pipes, pump station break downs and the deluge of shit we receive from inland sources.

They are ... drum roll, please ... baby wipes!

Yes, those products that were originally designed for diaper cleanups and somehow morphed into must haves for adults on the john are more and more clogging underground pipes and causing major sewage breakdowns around the country.

Despite its fabled paywall, the Orange County Register has, bless its heart, posted for all to see an Associated Press feature story on this stinky phenomenon.

Included are the insights of our taxed sewer operators right in the Orange to the C. And thus we learn:

The Orange County Sanitation District in a single year recorded 971 "de-ragging" maintenance calls on 10 pump stations at a cost of $320,000.

Yikes, for half that much I could afford one of those fancy European (or is it Asian?) bowls that squirts water up to clean off undercarriages without need of pre-moistened wipes.

The AP does include a tip from a local official on preventing future backups.

Nicholas Arhontes, director of facilities support services in Orange County, has an even simpler rule for what should go down the toilet.

"Only flush pee, poop and toilet paper," he said, "because those are the only things that sanitary sewers were really designed for in the old days."

He forgot the flushed down baby alligators who come back up full grown to bite my ass in my nightmares.

Email: mcoker@ocweekly.com. Twitter: @MatthewTCoker. Follow OC Weekly on Twitter @ocweekly or on Facebook!


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11 comments
909Jeff
909Jeff

So after the OC Weekly / KCRW Salsa contest we cant use babywipes to soothe our culatas?

James Boyer
James Boyer

I have a question why does this clog pipes? But millions times more TP doesnt?

18usc241
18usc241 topcommenter

That one was for Brad Gates - 1997ish traffic stop on Antonio parkway in RSM on my way to the INS office for deadline sensitive matters regarding my wife's legal immigration to MY COUNTRY - complete with stupid irrelevant questions about my job and orders to go straight back home. Muy estupido asswip-o Mr Gates

18usc241
18usc241 topcommenter

The Orange County Santitation department seems to share the same acronym as the Orange County Sheriffs department ------> Orange County fun fact.

Mike MacDuffee
Mike MacDuffee

I actually didn't even know you aren't supposed to flush them. Now I do.

LPHastings
LPHastings

In Dr. Oz's book 'YOU! The Owner's Manual' (me?) he says that we should all be wiping our butts with these wipey guys. Fact of the Day: dry wiping leads to hemorrhoids. 

Nicole Cruz Navarro
Nicole Cruz Navarro

This is why I always check the packages when I buy wipes to verify their septic safety. Socially responsible habits are not all that difficult to keep up with.

Andrew Gutierrez
Andrew Gutierrez

Who's going to design the three shell technique from Demolition Man? Come on Charmin, get on it!

949girl
949girl topcommenter

I actually did have a plumbing problem due to this.  I'll never make that mistake again!

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